[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - trailblazed=poles;cairns

Jaromír Mikeš mira.mikes at gmail.com
Wed Mar 17 05:43:20 UTC 2021


on proposal page
I am now suggesting these values for trailblazer tag:

There was a suggestion on discussion  page to remove markers value and
markers merge with symbols value.
The reason for this is frequent difficulty to distinguish between marker
and symbol. I tried solve this by improving definition of both,
but I am still not sure about the result.
Other thoughts I have are about value ribbons ... Ribbons are usually used
just for temporary marking and they are not very common for
"serious" marking ... So I think maybe just remove this value and mention
them in description for symbols or "yes" value?
Than would by proposal like this:

I would like to hear your opinions and suggestions

thank you

po 15. 3. 2021 v 14:12 odesílatel Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>

> I haven't found any photos in my personal collection, but for "What is a
> trail marked with?", we should also consider hatchet blazes. These consist
> just of scarring a tree with a couple of axe cuts to make a marker.
> They're not in regular use around here, because the public authorities
> stopped using them decades ago, but occasionally you'll still see an
> unofficial hunting or fishing trail, particularly on non-Government-owned
> land, marked in this fashion.
> Often on the old trails, a marking hatchet would be used; a patch of bark
> would be cut away with the axe end, and the hammerhead bore a distinct mark
> that could be struck into the wood. The purpose of a marking hatchet would
> be to mark the ownership of felled logs at the sawmill, but since a
> forester often had one about, they'd also use them on standing trees to
> mark their trails. Wikipedia has an old photo of a forester blazing a trail
> in this fashion
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marking_axe#/media/File:Marking_a_Tree_-_1939_(5376159034).jpg.
> Surveyors also mark their lines with axe cuts, although they're falling out
> of favor and paint is more often used.
> The cuts look like
> https://nhgardensolutions.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/8.-hatchet-blaze.jpg
> when they're fresh and grow in over time -
> https://howtowilderness.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/blaze.jpg.
> Neither of the last two is my picture, so don't copy them to the Wiki.
> Where I hike, the various types of markers are interspersed according to
> conditions, rather than only one type being used throughout a trail. The
> plate markers are most preferred, with paint blazes a close second. (USFS
> forbids use of plate markers on wilderness trails. NYS DEC has no such
> rule.)  Where there are no suitable trees, posts may be used in marshy
> ground or to mark a path alongside a farmer's field. Cairns will be used
> above the timber line, and will often be piled high - standing taller than
> a man - because of deep snowpacks in winter.  Where there's too little
> loose rock or too steep a surface to hold a cairn well, a maintainer might
> resort to paint blazes on the rock and simply concede that the markings
> won't be workable in winter. Surveyors' tape is used to mark temporary
> routings. On the older trails, you'll still see hatchet blazes from the
> 1930s, today augmented with the other markers.
> Markers with arrows are uncommon around here. Turns are indicated with the
> Garvey system as in
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trail_blaze-symbols.svg. As the page
> remarks in passing, a non-directional turn indication (simply two markers
> in a vertical line, simply warning of a turn or other unusual condition) is
> still sometimes seen.
> On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 11:37 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 10:04 AM Jaromír Mikeš <mira.mikes at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello Andrew,
>>> I am thinking of extending my proposal by ribbons and markers.
>>> Can you point me somewhere where I can find some pictures of ribbons and
>>> markers ...
>>> Ideally these pictures should be licensed under Creative Commons licence
>>> to be used on the proposal page.
>> You're welcome to any of these; either my daughter or I is the
>> photographer in all of them and willing to relicense as needed:
>> Plate markers:
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/17076109167
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14018066876
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14318057029 - snowmobile trail markers,
>> indicating a state snowmobile route and a local trail
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/10282365273 - incorporating a direction
>> indication
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/10600273563 - a double marker indicating
>> a turn to the left
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/50318721447 - on the tree at right
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/9764675293 - an unusual placement,
>> screwed into the rock
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14966947604 - unfortunately, the beavers
>> didn't respect the markers
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/15540287525 - an older tin marker, that
>> the tree has mostly grown around
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/6077237638/ - markers for both a footway
>> and a bridleway
>> https://kbk.is-a-geek.net/attachments/20210307/20210307_152356.jpg -
>> markers are placed above eye level, but high snowpacks can nearly bury them
>> Paint blazes:
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/28837391964 - either side of the rock
>> chimney
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14018094576
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/7881583380 - a paint blaze, a direction
>> arrow, and a crudely painted logo of the Appalachian Trail
>> Redundant marking with a paint blaze and a marker plate:
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/28554220940
>> Plate markers attached to signs (to give an indication of what trail it
>> is by showing its characteristic mark):
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/20178836184
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14276154341 - shows two trails meeting
>> with sample markers on the guidepost
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/14092717700 - the guidepost is a tree,
>> with markers for two trails (Long Path - aqua; Warner Creek Trail - blue)
>> running concurrently
>> Marker post with a plate marker attached:
>> https://flickr.com/photos/ke9tv/19595395641/
>> I'm afraid that I don't have any of my own photos showing flagging tape.
>> It's usually used only temporarily when a trail is undergoing construction
>> or maintenance. Wikimedia has
>> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tape_flag.JPG which at least
>> shows what the stuff looks like. Around here they usually use either pink
>> ribbon (none of our local trails is blazed in pink) or else ribbon color
>> that matches the color of the marker or paint blaze.
>>> thank you
>>> mira
>>> po 8. 3. 2021 v 5:16 odesílatel Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com>
>>> napsal:
>>>> Sounds great.
>>>> I'd suggest adding
>>>> trailblazed=ribbons (usually coloured tape/ribbons tied to a tree
>>>> branch)
>>>> trailblazed=markers (usually just a spot/dot fixed to a tree or the
>>>> ground (eg rock on the ground)
>>>> We should also add a description of what exactly is =poles (man made
>>>> post extruding from the surface) and =cains (stacked rocks).
>>>> On Mon, 8 Mar 2021 at 05:07, Jaromír Mikeš <mira.mikes at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Hello,
>>>>> I am proposing trailblazed=poles and trailblazed=cairns to get
>>>>> possibility tag trails which are marked by poles or by cairns ... I didn't
>>>>> find any appropriate way to do so.
>>>>> I am asking for your comments to this proposal
>>>>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/trailblazed%3Dpoles;cairns
>>>>> best regards
>>>>> mira
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